LIBRARY POLICY FOR COMMUNITY USERS
(Including groups or individuals occupying the residence halls, & Preferred Users Policy [PUP])
The primary function of the University Libraries is to serve the academic program needs of faculty, staff, and students. The University allows on-site access to library collections for adult members of the Virgin Islands community. Resources in the collections are identified through the online catalog. No login account is required for using the catalog. This policy explains the guidelines for the community users who may visit the library occasionally, non-UVI groups residing in residence halls, as well as community residents who have met requirements for borrowing privileges.
Adult members (individuals beyond regular K-12) of the community may visit the University Libraries and use resources according to the following guidelines. Junior and Senior High school students may obtain passes to use the library from school librarians. (UVI libraries have established arrangements with school librarians to meet this need). Resources in all the collections are identified through the online catalog. Open collections allow unrestricted access to resources. Closed collections have restricted access and require help from the service desk. Community users should stop at the service desk for assistance whenever visiting the University Libraries.
1. Groups affiliated with UVI programs
Programs such as Upward Bound, the Writing Project, and AES Aquaponics course enroll community members who are housed in the residence halls for the duration of the programs. Such community users are given program-funded access to library resources and a group guest account for using computers in the labs. Members of each group must add value to an account in the print administration system at ten cents per page to pay for printing.
2. Non-affiliated groups
Using the Libraries
Adults and school students with appropriate passes may freely access resources in the unrestricted collections. To use resources in restricted collections, a temporary access fee of $10 is required. This fee entitles the user to access the print collections and use available library lab computers for one day. A maximum of three restricted print resources at a time may be checked out, for four-hour intervals, of in-library use only. A visitors’ one-day pass will be issued upon payment of the temporary access fee. A valid government-issued ID must be presented in order to receive the visitors’ pass.
A guest account will be created to allow use of computers on the UVI network for one day. Each guest account will be allotted 30 black and white copies printed to the library lab printer. (This is computed at ten cents per page). Color copies are computed at fifty cents ($.50) per page and will reduce the number of pages available from the printing allotment.
The Libraries use the SIRSI/DYNIX Symphony Library System for managing library operations. The online catalog includes the holdings of both St. Croix and St. Thomas libraries. Community users should request assistance in using the catalog to determine which resources are located at the local campus library. Community users have access to resources in the local campus library ONLY.
The workstations designated for searching the online catalog have 15-minute time limits.
The unrestricted collections include books in the general, reference, and local government documents collections, as well as current and back issues of periodicals. Materials should be used in the vicinity of the collection to which they belong. For example, reference books should be used in the reference area.
Library patrons are asked to leave all materials used on the tables for re-shelving. Library staff will re-shelve material to ensure that order is maintained on the stacks.
In order to ensure persistence of materials over time, direct access to some collections by the general public is limited. Restricted collections include video and audio recordings, newspaper back files not yet filmed, local government documents, UVI Theses, desk reference, library reserves, and the Special and Caribbean Collections of resources on Virgin Islands and Caribbean topics. Titles in these collections are accessed through the online catalog and retrieved by service desk staff. Some resources from restricted collections are designated for UVI-affiliated users only and will not be checked out to community users. Allowable items requested from the restricted collections are checked out to the user for IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Standards of Behavior
General community users are expected to adhere to University standards of behavior for conduct on campus. Contact the security office for direction on standards of behavior on campus. The University policy on unattended children on campus applies to use of the library as well. The policy is posted on the Libraries’ bulletin boards. Children must not be left unattended in the Libraries.
Library privileges may be revoked if users abuse any of the stated policies.
Library collections are developed through collaboration among librarians, faculty and students in support of the University’s academic programs. The Library Policy for Community Users does not guarantee that resources will be available on all topics sought by community users.
In order to borrow books or periodicals from the UVI Libraries, community users must meet eligibility requirements and pay a non-refundable membership fee of $30 per year. UVI graduates pay $15 per year with proof of current membership in the UVI Alumni Association.
Adult residents of the Virgin Islands who are not currently enrolled at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) may use the library and borrow materials according to the following guidelines. This excludes junior and senior high school students, who are served through the arrangement with school libraries.
Fees and fines
The following fees are applicable:
Using Library Resources
The UVI Libraries Public Service Policy, located on the UVI Libraries web page, outlines the programs and services available to the community. Approved community borrowers must adhere to these policies in addition to the following specific guidelines for access to library resources:
Community borrowers are not eligible for interlibrary loan services (neither from the other campus nor from institutions outside the territory). Persons needing such services are directed to use the services of the public libraries operated by the Division of Libraries Archives and Museums (DLAM). Interlibrary loan requests from researchers engaged in scholarly activities, who are directed to the University from the DLAM, will be considered on a case by case basis. Cost for this service will be passed on to the community borrower.
UVI network accounts
Community borrowers will have on-campus access to library electronic resources on the University’s network through the library computer labs. Approved community card applicants will be issued domain accounts that allow access to the same online resources for research as other University personnel.